Posted by: RasmaSandra | October 29, 2017

The Beauty of Cordoba

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Argentina’s second largest city is Cordoba. The people of the city are known as Cordobesas and are a fun-loving people who enjoy Cuarteto music and rally car racing. This beautiful city offers visitors a mix of the old and the new.

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Plaza de St. Martin is the central square in Cordoba and a great place to begin your visit in the city.

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Right in the center of the square you’ll find a statue of the famous General Jose de San Martin, who was the liberator of Argentina, Chile and Peru.

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Here you can see the Iglesia Catedral Cordoba built in the 1500s.

Also a 17th century colonial cabildo which once housed the town police but now offer tourist information.

Almost daily you can hear bands, see street performers and buy various items from vendors in the square. People enjoy having some coffee, watching people and feeding the pigeons.

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Parque Sarmiento is the largest public park where visitors enjoy seeing the picturesque lake and the lovely rose garden. You can see families at play and joggers running along the many trails. You can find ice cream and doughnut vendors walking by.

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If you like you can take a paddle boat out onto the lake, use the exercise equipment, feed the ducks or just lie back in the grass. There is even a zoo.

The park was created by French landscape artist and architect Carlos Thays. Among the highlights here are the rosebush promenades, water fountains and the artificial lake with an important bridge and a Greek amphitheater.

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Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio Caraffa is a contemporary museum found alongside the Plaza Espana and Parque Sarmiento. It is housed in a neo-Classical building with artwork from Argentine painter Emilio Caraffa and others like Juan Carlos Castagnino. Some exhibits are changed monthly. You can also see a few lithographs by Picasso and paintings by Goya.

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Evita Fine Arts Museum has made its home in an impressive Beaux-Arts mansion. The museum offers visitors more than 500 works of art and a sculpture garden. There are paintings by important Argentine artists as well as by such artists as Picasso and Goya.

This was once the residence of aristocratic doctor and businessman Martin Ferreyra. Take the time to look at the house with its elegant staircase and lovely cafe with a balcony.

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Paseo de Las Artes is an amazing weekend street market where you can shop for original handicrafts, souvenirs and vintage clothing and accessories. It is spread out for several blocks in the Guemes neighborhood.

You can also find food stalls and street performers. The market is surrounded by many wonderful restaurants, cafes, bars and art galleries.

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Guemes is a bohemian neighborhood with trendy bars, cafes and restaurants.

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There are many boutiques and food joints in Muy Guemes, a modern and well-designed shopping area or galeria.

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Iglesia de Los Capuchinos is a lovely church in the Nueva Cordoba neighborhood. It has an impressive, multi-colored neo-Gothic exterior. The church was designed by Italian architect Augusto Ferrari and built through the 1920s and 1930s. On the inside if you look up at the ceiling you’ll see a painted night sky. There are also murals and religious artworks.

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El Paseo Buen Pastor Cultural Center was once a prison for women, a monastery and chapel and now has become renovated performance space and cultural center. Here you can see shows, listen to live music and see artwork on display.

You can have coffee, a snack or drink at one of the many eateries and outdoor tables in the Nueva Cordoba barrio.

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At night you can enjoy lit up fountains with “dancing water shows”.

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Both tourists and local Cordobeses enjoy the nearby village of La Cumbre. This tiny town is located in the Sierras de Cordoba mountain range. It is famous for its winds and launch cliffs. It became famous when it hosted the 1994 World Paragliding Cup.

You can enjoy paragliding, taking a horseback ride or hiking.

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Teatro del Libertador General San Martin is Cordoba’s most historic theater and was completed in 1891. It offers various performances from rock to classical to ballet. At night the facade is magically lit up.

 

The Jesuit Block or Manzana Jesuitica is one of the best preserved European settlements in Cordoba.

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Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and includes the University of Cordoba which is the oldest university in Argentina.

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There is also a church Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, a secondary school

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and several residence buildings which were all built by the Jesuits in the 1600s.

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One hour guided tours are available at the Museo Histórico de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba.

Visitors can learn about the history of the area and get a look at the Jesuit’s Grand Library with its collection of 17th century books.

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Villa Carlos Paz is a beautiful tiny tourist town just minutes from Cordoba and the gateway to the amazing Punilla Valley.

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It is located on the shores of Lake San Roque where people can go swimming, kayaking, sailing or windsurfing.

Other activities include fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking.

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For great views take the chairlift up to El Cerro de la Cruz.

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Cripta Jesuitica is a crypt and crematorium which was originally built as a novitiate in the 18th century by the Jesuits. It’s small and runs beneath some of the main streets in town. It is now home to a small museum and some contemporary cultural exhibits. It has been refurbished for performances, artwork and tours.

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Cerro de Las Rosas Barrio or The Hill of the Roses is one of the higher end residential areas in Cordoba. Here you can find some of the trendiest restaurants, bars, nightclubs and boutiques. There is a lot of great architecture to please the eye and two lovely parks.

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You can head for Antares for a wide-range of craft beers, nice outdoor terrace for dining and great platters of picadas – an assortment of meats, cheeses, and olives that go great with a few drinks before a late-night dinner.

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At Penon Cerveceria you can get a delicious burger and there’s al fresco seating and a variety of beer on tap.

 

https://www.thecrazytourist.com/25-best-things-cordoba-argentina/

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Responses

  1. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing 😊.

    • You welcome. Glad you enjoyed the tour.

  2. Beautiful photo… Such a fun tour 😊

    • Glad you enjoyed the tour. I started this armchair travel blog so that people could see all the lovely places where they could travel to and would be able to put them on their lists. I enjoy putting this together and finding just the right photos for them. I love your travels and started following your blog. I think it is wonderful that you are actually able to do so much traveling.

  3. Thank you for the Grand Tour! You make me think about dusting off my old photos from Vietnam/Thailand and posting them??? Léa

    Thank you for following two of the blogs. Colette, Simone and the human

    • Glad you enjoyed it. I love putting this blog together and always finding just the right photos for it. It is an enjoyable task and I can show people how many wonderful places there are to visit. If you have your own photos from travels then by all means you should gather them together and post them. More than happy to follow your blogs.


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